I never buy cookbooks, but Ralph gets them for me and I have a dozen cookbooks that are collecting dust on my bookshelf. I usually flip through them for the mouth-watering and eyes-widening pictures! Food is so beautiful when it's colorful and well plated.
By the way, have you heard of the big fat duck cookbook which is a 532 silver-paged cookbook written mostly by Blumenthal? This book is simply amazing and beautiful. It is not only a cookbook that consists of the most inspiring and delicate dishes it is also an intriguing story about the history behind the Fat Duck and furthermore there is an amazing chapter about the science behind the food and the dishes - the science that sets the bar for modern and brilliant cooking. Flipping through its pages is a tour through an art gallery, with each painting featuring a "how I did it" magician's explanation. Even if The Big Fat Duck Cookbook looks like an ugly duckling, the exceptional quality of the contents shows it's actually a swan, and a pretty impressive one at that.
Heston Blumenthal is widely acknowledged to be a genius, and The Fat Duck has twice been voted the Best Restaurant in the World by a peer group of top chefs, and has 3 Michelin stars! In case you didn't know, he hit the headlines with his curious menus which include sardine on toast sorbet and salmon poached with liquorices alongside snail porridge and bacon-and-egg ice cream.
Well, I love bacon and eggs
but, bacon and egg ice cream? Hmm what a taste-clashing style huh!!!